We can all agree that Mother Nature is pretty great, but for a surprisingly large amount of visitors to scenic Guilin, prized peach blossom selfies aren’t just pretty souvenirs, they are valuable enough to go to prison for.
Local prison authorities have arranged for extra guards to maintain order and have advised tourists to please not climb the fence, but all to no avail as people keep pouring over into the prison grounds to catch a glimpse of the pretty trees inside.
Outside the prison, reporters spotted ten guards along with a giant sign, reading: “Due to prison work, please do not enter.”
Desperate tourists have resorted to negotiating with guards, offering money for tickets to enter the area, with the guards having to explain that, uh, prisons don’t generally work like tourist sites.
With so many people entering the grounds to admire the peach blossoms, normal working operations have been disturbed and restrictions on the prisoners have been put in place, according to NetEase.
On the south side of the prison, reporters watched as a man climbed over the fence and into the garden, followed by his female companion. One guard spotted the couple and called out: “Don’t climb over the fence, it’s very dangerous, if you get hurt, who will take responsiblity?”
The poor guy was sadly ignored, with the couple reasoning that it would be a waste to leave without some pretty photos.
Originally, visitors were allowed into the prison grounds, but guards at the main gate told reporters that they simply weren’t prepared for the massive crowds. By February 20th, they estimated that the garden had been visited by more than 10,000 people, with some leaving rubbish and snapped branches behind as evidence. By February 25th, they decided to finally get serious and prohibit all visitors from entering the grounds.
But, of course, that hasn’t worked to completely shut off the steady stream of tourists who apparently think nothing of breaking into prison.
By Kitty Lai
[Images via NetEase]